The Student Health Center provides health services to any enrolled Pepperdine student, regardless of insurance type. Although the SHC does not bill insurance directly, it provides a walkout statement (superbill) to patients as well as directions regarding how to seek reimbursement from their insurance plan. Students have the option of billing their student account or paying by cash or check. PPO plans typically reimburse SHC services at out-of-network rates while HMO, MediCal, and MediCare plans generally do not reimburse.
Introducing our Community-based Model of Wellness
Beginning Fall 2022
As part of the University’s efforts to provide more holistic care for Pepperdine students, Pepperdine will begin offering significantly expanded mental health, physical health, and fitness programs beginning fall 2022. To support this initiative, the University has introduced a mandatory Wellness Fee for all Pepperdine students and eliminated most health and wellness fees students currently pay. Students who have not completed their degrees and have paid the wellness fee in the fall and spring semesters will maintain access to service during the summer.
Wellness Fee Coverage at the SHC
The following table indicates what medical services are available at no cost at the Student Health Center.
|Medical Care||Malibu Campus||Other US Pepperdine Campuses
(Including Washington, DC) and Online Programs
|International Programs (Except Washington, DC)|
|No charge for in-person primary care visits||X||Provided by IP|
|No charge for 24/7 scheduled or on-demand primary care telehealth visits||X||X||Provided by IP|
|No charge for Pepperdine-required immunizations||X|
|No charge for in-house diagnostic testing||X||Provided by IP|
|No charge for in-house procedures||X|
|No charge for online nutrition classes||X||X||X|
|No charge for dietitian appointments||X|
|No charge for pre-departure IP physical||X|
|No charge for IP-required immunizations||X|
Excluded Health and Wellness Costs
Some medical services and fees are not covered by the Wellness Fee, including but not limited to the following:
- Laboratory tests sent to outside labs
- Prescribed medications
- X-ray imaging
- Transport by an ambulance
- Durable medical equipment (e.g., canes, crutches, braces, etc.)
- Hospital and surgical care
- Specialist care, or any medical care provided outside the Student Health Center and our covered telehealth partners
Wellness Fee FAQs
- The Wellness Fee is mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students. Full- and half-time students will pay the full fee; less than halftime students will pay a reduced fee. This fee may not be waived.
- Less than half-time is based on each school’s catalog.
|Seaver Undergraduate||1-5 units|
|Seaver Graduate||1-2 units|
|PGBS Undergraduate||1-5 units|
|PGBS Graduate (full-term)||1-2 units|
|PGBS Graduate (6 or 9 weeks)||1 unit|
- Faculty, staff, spouses of faculty and staff, and dependents are not eligible unless they are currently also an enrolled degree-seeking student.
- Students who elect to temporarily withdraw during a semester will retain their benefits and therefore will not be eligible for a refund.
- Students who are separated from the University due to disciplinary sanctions will retain their online benefits and will not be eligible for a refund.
- Students who permanently withdraw from the University may be refunded consistent with
their eligibility for a tuition refund.
No. The Wellness Fee is not health insurance. This fee covers services and programming that promotes holistic wellness such as unlimited no-charge primary care visits at the Student Health Center or our telehealth provider, access to no-charge counseling and mental health services at our Counseling Center and through our telehealth provider, no-charge unlimited 24/7 on-demand mental health coaching/crisis management, no-charge fitness classes both in-person and online, access to programming related to wellness such as health coaching and nutrition services, and additional health and wellness education on campus and online that enhances the quality of student life.
The University's Health Insurance Requirement is still in effect. Each academic year all students, both domestic and international, including those studying abroad, are required to either provide proof of a US-based health insurance plan or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through the AHP Insurance Dashboard. This is an annual requirement, and it is highly recommended that all students confirm their health insurance plan includes care close to Malibu. If students choose not to enroll in SHIP, they must provide proof of a US-based health insurance plan through the AHP Insurance Dashboard.
No. The fee is mandatory for nearly all enrolled undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students. Students enrolled in a single unit in the fall or spring semester to complete their degree may petition for either a fee waiver or to pay the less than half-time fee and retain wellness benefits.
Yes. Students who have not completed their degrees and have paid the wellness fee in the fall and spring semesters will maintain access to service during the summer. Students who began school in the spring semester, but did not attend in the fall, will also have full access to services in the summer.
Wellness Fee Charges
Students interested in learning more about the Wellness Fee charges may visit the Student Affairs webpage.